Aug. 30, 2019

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Capitalizing on Technology for Education
Recognizing the impact missing school can have on a student’s education, the General Assembly recently adopted two new laws to make better use of technology to limit, or even eliminate, these impacts.

Act 18 of 2019 creates the Keystone Telepresence Education Grant Program to provide funding to intermediate units for the purchase of equipment and related services to support homebound students. Telepresence technology may include a robotic device that resembles an iPad mounted on a mobile Segway unit that allows real-time communication between students who are homebound and their classrooms. The technology is valuable for children with extended absences due to chronic illness, such as cancer, or recovery from surgery or injuries.

Act 64 of 2019 allows school districts, intermediate units, area vocational-technical schools and charter schools to establish a “flexible instructional day” program to use when school is closed due to weather, damage to the school building, disease epidemic or other temporary circumstances. Under the law, no more than five flexible instructional days may be used during a school year.

Act 64 takes effect this Saturday, Aug. 31, while Act 18 will take effect Sept. 26.

Protecting PA Wildlife
The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) recently announced formation of the Pennsylvania Wildlife Futures Program, a new partnership with the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) that will take a more active stance against diseases that impact wildlife in the Commonwealth.

These illnesses include chronic wasting disease (CWD), which poses a serious threat to Pennsylvania’s economy and the sport of deer hunting by negatively impacting the deer population; and West Nile Virus, the mosquito-borne disease that threatens human health and has endangered Pennsylvania’s state bird, the ruffed grouse.

With regard to CWD, the goal of the partnership is to more quickly process deer samples submitted for testing by hunters. It currently takes weeks to months to obtain test results.

The program will have 12 employees, one of which will work at PGC headquarters in Harrisburg. The others will be based in Chester County at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center.

Traveling Over Labor Day? Check Traffic Conditions on
Travelers can log onto to check current traffic impacts from construction, traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras. The service is free and available 24 hours a day.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

Travelers are always reminded to buckle up, put their phones away and stay sober when behind the wheel.

PennDOT Driver License Centers Closed for Holiday Weekend
All driver license and photo centers, including the full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, Aug. 31, through Monday, Sept. 2, in observance of Labor Day. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website,

State Police Seeks Horse Donations
The Pennsylvania State Police is asking the community for donations of horses to support its mounted patrol unit. The department maintains a stable at the academy in Hershey and relies on donations to fill a complement of 28 horses. The animals are deployed statewide for searches, crowd control, security and patrol of remote areas. They also participate in parades, demonstrations and other community events.

Donated horses must be geldings between the ages of 5 and 15 years old and stand between 16 hands (5 foot 4 inches at the shoulder) and 18 hands tall. Draft and draft-crosses are the preferred breed. Thoroughbreds and other “hot bloods” are less desirable.

Animals must have quiet, sound dispositions and be free of serious stable vices. Horses will be accepted on a 120-day trial basis to determine their suitability. A veterinary examination will also be performed.

Upon retirement, state police horses are first offered back to their original owners. The department finds them suitable homes if the original owners are unwilling or unable to accept the animals.

To arrange a donation or for more information, contact Cpl. Carrie Neidigh at 717-533-3463 or
Upcoming Events in the 88th District
Older & Wiser Seminar
Join me for an Older & Wiser Seminar on Thursday, Sept. 5, from 9-10:30 a.m. The topic of this free seminar is “Wills and Living Trusts: Which Do I Need?”

This event will be held in the activities center at Essex House, 20 N. 12th St., Lemoyne.

This is the first of four Older & Wiser Seminars scheduled. The next seminars are scheduled for 9-10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at Mechanicsburg Place; Thursday, Oct. 3, at Woods at Cedar Run; and Thursday, Oct. 17, at Bethany Village.

To RSVP for the Older and Wiser Seminars, call 717-761-4665 or visit

Rep. Delozier in the Community
• The Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC hosted its 2019 transportation briefing Wednesday. Mark Compton, CEO of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, served as keynote speaker at the Radisson Hotel in Camp Hill. This is always a great event to learn about the state’s infrastructure.

• More than 3,000 pounds of paper were shredded Saturday at my document-shredding event in the Lower Allen Township parking lot. It is important to shred documents that contain sensitive information like bank account numbers. Thanks to everyone who came!

• Mal Fuller graciously talked about his experiences as an air traffic controller on Sept. 11, 2001, in a presentation at the West Shore Senior Center last week. He was one of the last people to have contact with Flight 93 before it crashed in Shanksville. I appreciate his willingness to share the profound story.

• Thank you to the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg for its recent donation of $2,400 to the Simpson Public Library. Fantastic things are happening at the library!

• The West Shore Chamber of Commerce held its Luminary Awards Luncheon on Wednesday in Camp Hill. Congratulations to all the nominees and recipients of awards, including the 88th District’s nominees, Jacquie Hower from Zimmerman’s Automotive Service Inc., Brittany Ashton Parker from AmeriChoice Federal Credit Union and Barb Murdocca from Landmark Commercial Realty. We are proud of our businesspeople. These honors are well deserved!

• Pennian Bank held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its location in Lemoyne on Thursday. We welcome them to 559 N. 12th St. and are glad to have them in the community!

• Students from the life skills program at Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School toured the Capitol this week. We were thrilled to have them here!

• Majority Policy Committee recently toured several small businesses to hear about their successes and concerns. Acco Material Handling Solutions in York County, Hollabaugh Brothers Fruit Farm in Adams County, and SpringGate Winery in Dauphin County were among the stops.
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